BIRMINGHAM, ALA. (WIAT) — UPDATE: The president and CEO of the NAACP tweeted at 6:33 p.m. from Mobile that they were about to be arrested as the police had arrived.
The Associated Press reported at 6:50 p.m. that the sit-in had ended after police officers handcuffed and led off the protesters from the sit in. The NAACP broadcast live on Facebook as officers came in to remove them.
About seven protesters knelt down before they were lead away, and offered a short prayer before the officers lead them out of the building. The men and women were loaded into a paddy wagon, and taken away from the senator’s office.
Throughout the state, local NAACP members are opposing the nomination and potential confirmation of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as the next U.S. Attorney General.
From Montgomery to Mobile, and in Birmingham outside the federal courthouse downtown, NAACP members are letting their message be heard.
“Our main concern centers on the reality of voter suppression. We have no evidence of his ability past or present to be unbiased as the chief enforcement officer of the United States especially of civil rights, voting rights, and equal protection under the law,” said Birmingham NAACP president Hezekiah Jackson IV.
Jefferson County Republican Chairman Sallie Bryant strongly disagrees with the NAACP’s comments.
“I think he will be unbiased and impartial. I have known him since he was in the US Attorney’s office. I know him personally. I lobby him in Washington DC and when he’s down here. I watch his record–when he says something I trust it, and as far as civil rights, he is perfectly fine on everything related to civil rights,” said Bryant.
Senator Sessions’ confirmation hearing is planned for next week.